Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise has inspired many things. Plastic surgery. Prenup agreements. Divorce.
But on BET it's led to a new comedy series called "Real Husbands of Hollywood."
The series, which premieres Jan. 15, spoofs the long chain of "Housewives" programs and focuses on celebrity friends who hang out together, usually while their famous actress wives are working. The series stars Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon, J.B. Smoove, Robin Thicke and Duane Martin and, like the Bravo reality series, features a lot of screaming, cursing and fighting.
"This show is like the perfect storm," said Ralph Farquhar, an executive producer of the series. "Something like this is long overdue."
The network believes "Real Husbands of Hollywood" has a chance to become its biggest hit since the black-oriented network began an aggressive foray into scripted shows in 2008. The show is filled with insightful pokes at the "Housewives" franchise and celebrity culture and also further distances the network from past programming that some African American critics had criticized as degrading and offensive in its promotion of negative racial stereotypes.